The joy of gorse

Pretty flower. Where is this flower mostly located? I don’t think I have seen this flower before.


I love gorse! The bright yellow flowers that bloom all year round are so cheerful in the colder, greyer months of the year, providing a welcome splash of interest.

When gorse is out of bloom,

Kissing’s out of season

This old saying is reference to the fact that gorse is never out of bloom.

In summer the smell of gorse in bloom is heavenly, sweet and coconutty. At the end of a hot summer day I love to hear the gorse seed pods expoloding, little pops all around in the gorse bushes as you walk across a Heath.

Gorse also provides a valuable habitat for wildlife. It’s great for invertebrates, providing a valuable source of nectar early and late in the year, thanks to its long flowering season.

It also provides shelter and nesting space for a range of birds including stonechats, linnets, yellowhammers and dartford warblers. For dartford warblers…

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